The promise that the 4000-home Milldale development, in Wainui, included land set aside for a school came to fruition with Government recently announcing funding for the project.
Government announced on July 5 that it has allocated $20 million for Milldale Primary, which will cater for 370 pupils with the capacity to eventually almost double that number. Opening is planned for the early 2020s.
The site is in stage 3 of Milldale, along the Argent Road extension that will link with Pine Valley Road. Spokesperson for Milldale developer Fulton Hogan Land Development, Warren Frogley, says earthworks in stages 2 and 3 are already underway and scheduled for completion in 2-3 years.
A second primary (also to take 370 students) and an 800-student college are also planned for the Milldale area. Orewa College is already at full capacity. Milldale is also in-zone for Wainui School.
A further primary, Orewa Northwest Primary ($25m), is due to open in 2021. It is in West Hoe Heights, Orewa and will initially provide for 420 students.
Marja Lubeck, Labour list MP of Rodney, says the new schools are great news for Rodney. “The National Education Growth Plan is a game-changer for the way we plan for growth in our cities,” she says. “This plan means that the Government will work closely with our schools and communities to address increasing demand before it happens, rather than having to rush to catch-up when it is too late.”
At the end of last year, Hibiscus Matters revealed that the Ministry of Education purchased a 5.6ha property at 37 Upper Orewa Road for a new school for $5.7 million. It is as yet unclear what educational facility will be built there.